CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Bridge Road Bistro's launch of a food truck last week marked another step on the restaurant's journey to further the vision of its late owner, Chef Robert Wong, who died last June.
The popular and charismatic chef had big plans to further the Bridge Road Bistro brand, including a stepped-up catering program, corporate food services and the food truck.
Executive chef John Wright and manager Sandy Call, along with Wong's wife, restaurant owner Sherri Wong, weren't about to let his dreams fade away.
"He would have looked down and shaken his finger at us," Wright said.
"We're staying motivated and building his empire," said Call.
Since June, the Bistro has taken over the food service in the NiSource building on MacCorkle Avenue and at the Charleston Tennis Club. Catering volume has increased, partially because the spacious kitchen in the NiSource building provides plenty of preparation space and storage.
But the most visible change is the large black truck emblazoned with the restaurant's logo that's parking around town.
Last week, people queued up for items such as steak or shrimp soft tacos served with fresh pico de gallo or Asian slaw, chicken nachos, wraps, salads and desserts when the truck was parked at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.
The stop was officially the truck's first. It caught Tech Center employees by surprise. They asked when the truck would return and seemed pleased to hear they'd be back in a week.
For now, the truck will stop at the Tech Center, the Levee, Capitol grounds, the armories in St. Albans and Charleston, Northgate, the Chase Building and the DEP building in Kanawha City. Additional stops will be scheduled as requested. The black truck will be parked on Capitol Street late on weekend evenings and at Live on the Levee, as well as assorted other fairs and festivals.
"Especially for the night life, there will be nice, healthy food for sale at reasonable prices," Call said.
They intend for the truck to provide food service in areas that lack easy access to restaurants and say they won't park near existing establishments. The changing menu and locations will be posted on Bridge Road Bistro Black Truck's Facebook page.
And, yes, there's an app for that, or there will be soon, Call said. It's already available for Android users and should be in the App Store for iPhones next week, Call said.